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Iconic LC1 sling chair remade for outdoors

March 8, 2012 | 10:28 am

LC1 sling profile
It may be unwise to meddle with perfection, but the Italian furniture company Cassina is taking its chances, releasing a clever outdoor version of the LC1 sling chair, the iconic 1928 design by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. The tubular frame, originally produced in steel and later replaced with chrome, has been returned to stainless steel with silver welds for all-weather performance. The leather seat and armrests have been swapped out for waterproof, fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric, proving how “innovation in materials can lift a classic to new heights while still maintaining its original design concept,” said Kari Woldum, vice president at Design Within Reach, which is selling the outdoor LC1. The designer looks still come with a designer price: $2,345.

LC1 sling detail
The springs that add some flex to the backrest also have been fabricated in stainless steel.

LC1 sling angle
And the finished look does mirror the indoor original. The outdoor LC1 is one of several modern classics that DWR has released in outdoor versions.

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— Craig Nakano

Photos: Design Within Reach

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